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PENTECOSTAL CHURCHES (ALSO KNOWN AS PENTECOSTALISM)

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PentecostalismThe Dove depicting the Holy Spirit is a symbol of Pentecostalism.

Pentecostalism is a Christian movement that takes its name from the event of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on Christ's first disciples and they were 'baptised in the Holy Spirit'. Key beliefs in Pentecostalism are: that the Holy Spirit continues to be present in the world guiding their actions; the need for a personal experience of conversion; and the authority of the Christian Bible.

Pentecostalism shares the principal beliefs of other traditions of Christianity. It is closely related to and usually included in the category of evangelicalism. Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing faith movements worldwide, claiming approximately 500 million followers in North America, South America, Africa and Europe.

The churches are self-governing and are led by clergy, who may be called pastors or ministers.